The NAV | 365 People inspire Girls into Tech with latest workshop

Published on 06 Mar 2020

Topics: News

We held a workshop at a local school to give girls an insight into tech careers
In February 2020 we visited the Clere School in Burghclere, a school local to The NAV | 365 People (TNP), where we held 3 classes of 15 girls. Normally we work with year 8 girls, but this time we wanted to stretch our reach and do sessions with years 8, 9 and 10.

The tasks are centred around an example of the student developing new attributes to an item table for a fashion brand to help them understand what stock of different items they have. The students create a dress as an item and add attributes within the development environment such as brand, size, colour, etc. with different field types such as text, option strings or Booleans.

Once they get the hang of it, they start getting more creative with the different items and attributes they want to develop. Some of the great examples we had were the students adding items such as beanies and stockings with interesting attributes such as ‘eco-friendly’, ‘occasion’ and whether the outfit is ‘sling accessible’ (one of the students had a broken arm!).

Challenging the Young Generation

The year 10 session was a group of girls already interested in Computing and Technology, and had all had some experience in coding, so we needed to make sure the task was more challenging. Sarah Bennett, TNP Consultant, came up with a more difficult task of creating flow fields to show stock of an item in different locations. The students set up a flow field looking at another table for the Birmingham Store, Oxford Street Store, Southampton Store, etc.


Meet Sarah Bennett, a Girl in Tech!

This was the first TNP ‘Girls in Tech’ workshop Sarah had attended, she comments, "From my perspective, I enjoyed the opportunity to ‘give back’. The tech industry has been great to me over the years and TNP especially has taught me to love what I do and be accepted for knowledge and enthusiasm – not the other every day pressures that girls (and women) often feel; i.e. the way you look or dress etc.

I think it opened the girls’ eyes to the fact that there are so many different job opportunities within ‘tech’ and they needn’t all be around coding and techie things. At that age, you wouldn’t consider that a tech company needs people who are engaging with customers on a non-tech basis. Using examples for tasks and customers that were relatable also seemed have an impact – even companies that make and distribute hairbrushes, make up and fashion have tech-needs!"

So, tech is not only for coders?

After all the fun developing, the focus moved to the different roles within technology and the different skill sets – the idea is to expand the girls’ thinking about what a ‘Girl in Tech’ is – it’s not just about coding (even though that’s an important part), but also includes roles such as Consultant, Solution Architect, Account Management, Marketing or Sales. We end the day with a little more on what TNP do and how important it is to get more girls into technology!

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Written by
Chereé O'Melia
Chereé O'Melia

Chereé is Engagement Manager at TNP. As a true lover of travel and a bit of a foodie, Chereé always tries to combine those two passions as much as possible. Her favourite dish of all time was a steak in Buenos Aires, which was so tender you could cut it with a spoon! She has two cats, Meeko and Rocket. As a very determined dog lover, she was dismayed when her husband brought two cats home one day. A few weeks later, they got under her feet on the stairs and she fell, breaking her foot. Over the 6-week recovery they won her heart by keeping her company each day and showering her with kitty cat cuddles!